Story by Richard Curtis
It was reported earlier today Owen Coyle has been sacked as Bolton manager after a string of disappointing results including last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to strugglers Millwall leaving the trotters straggling in 18th position in the league. Darius Henderson scored a 90th minute winner on top of his earlier 17th minute strike to move Millwall three points above the relegation zone, Eagles had earlier equalised for Bolton when his free kick somehow found its way through a Millwall wall. Millwall could have almost guaranteed all 3 points earlier in the game but Danny Shittu’s header was controversially disallowed for a push on Adam Bogdan.
Bottom of the table Peterborough Towns woes increased with a 1-0 home defeat to Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid’s strike gave Nottingham Forest a first away win and left Peterborough as the only Football League club without a home point. Following the game Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson stated that he does not like working with the club’s director of football Barry Fry and goes as far to claim that he is forcing him towards resignation. Two other managers are also under pressure. Birmingham City fans were livid after their sides defeat against newly promoted Huddersfield Town, thanks to a goal from new signing Jermaine Beckford, this poor result came just 2 weeks after the 6-0 home drubbing by Barnsley. The pressure is really on Blues manager Lee Clark; he has reacted this week by signing midfielder Diop from West Ham on loan.The pressure is also mounting on Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell following his sides defeat to Cardiff City, although he has been given a temporary stay of execution. Cardiff sit top of the table after the 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Heidar Helguson, New Ipswich signing DJ Campbell scored on his debut.
The weekend’s big movers were Leicester City which will be music to our editor’s ears! The Foxes are now up to second place following a 2-0 win against Bristol City in which in-form striker David Nugent scored one and forced an own-goal. The question everyone is asking is can the foxes keep up their current form to the end of the season, I believe so but only time will tell! Also in the East Midlands Derby played out a goalless draw against Brighton at Pride Park a game at which I was in attendance, despite sounding a boring game there was plenty of action, both goalkeepers Ledgkins and Kuszach made a number of saves. Both Brighton and Derby are hoping to push towards the play-off positions this season, and on evidence from this game it’s a real possibility.
Game of the day was Selhurst Park where Crystal Palace edged out Burnley in a seven goal thriller, winning 4-3. Burnleys Chris McCann and Martin Paterson put the visitors 2-0 up, but 19 year old Palace forward Zaha responded with strikes either side of the break. Damien Delaney and Glenn Murray put Palace out of sight, although there was time for a late Charlie Austin consolation for Burnley. The Eagles are now unbeaten in seven Championship games and have taken 19 points in that period and have moved upto 4th place in the league. The win ensured a fourth successive league victory for the first time since December 2007 and capped off a fantastic week for both Palace and 19-year-old winger Zaha, who scored both of his side’s goals in their 2-1 win against Wolves on Tuesday.
Elsewhere Leeds defeated Barnsley 1-0 in a Yorkshire derby thanks to a Luciano Becchio first-half penalty; Charlton Athletic defeated Blackpool 2-0 thanks to goals from Leon Cort and Chris Sully. Middlesbrough won 2-1 away at Watford thanks to goals from Emnes and McDonald and Hull City moved up to 10th with a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a goal from substitute Aaron Mclean.
Games to look out for after the International Break…
Fri 19th October : Sheffield Wednesday Vs Leeds (Yorkshire Derby) 7.45pm.
Sat 20th October: Derby vs Blackburn (possible new Blackburn manager?) 3pm.
Sat 20th October: Birmingham City Vs Leicester (Will the blues respond to last weekend) 3pm.
Sat 20th October: Crystal Palace Vs Millwall (London Derby?!) 3pm.
Sat 20th October: Bolton vs Bristol City (Life after Owen Coyle for the trotters!) 3pm.